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New Gorilla Glass should turn 2018 iPhone display into a tank

19 July 2018

Corning's Gorilla glass has been a standard on every major smartphone for quite some time.

Corning today announced its latest generation of Gorilla Glass, and it's now tougher than ever. This cover glass for smartphones has been formulated to not just survive higher drops, but more frequent ones.

According to Corning, people drop their phones an average of 7 times a year with more than 50% of drops occurring within a meter height. Gorilla Glass 6 is touted as Corning's most durable cover glass to date. To improve cover glass performance, Corning scientists developed and engineered an entirely new material to address the challenge of multiple drops.

Earlier versions of Gorilla Glass have been used on all previous iPhone models since Steve Jobs chose the company to provide screen covers in 2006.

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During lab tests, it survived 15 drops from 1 meter onto a rough surface and is "up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5". The company also takes a dig at competitors using soda lime and aluminosilicate for display glass, saying that these glass compositions would likely fail after the first drop.

"Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possible with Gorilla Glass 5".

In addition to making the glass more resiliant, Corning also designed the Gorilla Glass 6 to work better with all-glass phones. It's getting better scratch resistance, too. Gorilla Glass 6 is the next iteration of Corning's revolutionary product and promises to offer "improved durability" and "unprecedented protection against multiple drops".

New Gorilla Glass should turn 2018 iPhone display into a tank